Quick work by firefighters keeps downtown Fresno blaze in check

The Fresno BeeSeptember 3, 2014 

A fire near downtown Fresno destroyed two detached garages Wednesday morning, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to two Victorian-style homes near Van Ness and Voorman avenues.

The fire was reported at 11:35 a.m. at 135 N. Van Ness Ave. and the first firefighters to arrive called for assistance to keep it from spreading to the homes after calling in a second alarm, spokesman Koby Johns said. The outbuildings were a total loss. Several people from the homes were displaced because a power line was compromised and also because firefighters were forced to clear smoke from the structures.

It is not yet known what caused the fire. The amount of damage to the destroyed buildings, one of which held a car, was estimated at $100,000.No one was injured. The blaze was the 609th in Fresno this year.

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